I have been hooking up a scarf in the most beautiful, soft, snuggly wool (yarn).
I have to take a step backwards here and say, that when we first decided to leave South Africa and settle in Australia, one of the big pluses on my never-ending list of pros and cons, was the fact that I was coming to craft heaven! I have long admired Australian quilters as they always seem to be hip AND amazing quilters, which isn’t always the case! But I imagined the amazing abundance of wool in the land of the sheep! Have to say I have been underwhelmed. I am sure that there are better places than the Gold Coast to find great wool but, seriously, its not happening here!
So when my parents came to visit and we had some willing babysitters, my husband and I headed off to the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley for a few days. The scenery was beautiful, although it was freezing! But anywhere I go, I always try to find the local Wool Shop and my husband no longer shows any resistance! In the Hunter Valley I found The Australian Alpaca Barn. Divine. But all the wool says ‘Made in Peru’ – turns out it is ‘grown’ in Australia and sent to Peru to be spun and then sent back here to be sold!! Close enough, I suppose….
Its really soft, has the feel of mohair but without the prickle. I am a bit sold on how soft it is and am interested to see how it wears as a blanket out of alpaca may be lurking.
Its a beautiful pattern- easy to memorise, very quick, and it looks the same on both side of the scarf. This is a biggie for me as I am never (?) knitting another scarf that looks terrible on the wrong side and you always fiddling and adjusting.
This is one of me hooking in the carpark waiting for hockey to be finished! The pattern is the Angel scarf and I first fell in love with it when I saw it on another blog….OneFlewOver. Here is the link…. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/OneFlewOver/angel-crochet-scarf
Not quite finished yet but one more night of The Block and Masterchef and we will be done!